Vjetrenica, Zavala

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Vjetrenica is the largest and most important cave in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one of the most important caves in the Dinaric Alps mountain range, which is famous worldwide for its karstic and speleological riches. It is located in the Popovo field in Ravno, West Herzegovina in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.GeographyPopovo Polje and cave locationVjetrenica is located in Popovo Polje, which is itself located in a southernmost regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, West Herzegovina, near the Adriatic coast. Its entrance is near the village of Zavala, in west - south-western corner of polje. In the warmer parts of the year a strong blast of cold air blows from its entrance, which is very attractive in the middle of the rocky, hot and waterless terrain.Popovo Polje is one of the largest polje (karstic plain) in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the world, famous for its karstic phenomenons and features, and particularly for its Trebišnjica River, which flows through the polje as largest sinking river (also losing stream, or influent stream) the world, as well as the Vjetrenica cave system, located to the west/south-western parts of the valley.
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  • So we arrived at the cave at 14.30 having driven fron dubrovnik to discover last entry is at 14.00 this is not clear anywhere - so we thought we'd let people know! We travelled in november 2017  more »
  • This is an interesting visit for those who are not suffering claustrophobia. The first 40 meters have a low ceiling but thereafter one can stand up normally and enjoy the natural structure of the cave...  more »
  • The cave is perfect for a short day trip from the Croatian coast. The guide was really friendly and spoke reasonable English. He took us 600m into the cave and showed us the endemic white salamander. ...  more »
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  • Well worth a visit if you are staying near Dubrovnik. Tours leave on the hour and take about 50 minutes. Wrap up warm, they'll supply helmet and rain jacket. Guide presents in English. In 2018 they plan to take special boat tours on the underground lake in groups of four.
  • Something you have to visit in Herzegovina. The program, the environment and the cave, are astonishing themselves. You have to hear stories about the cave, drink some fresh water and see the olm. Wear pants, and shoes, it is cold and slippery. Visit their web page it is very informative
  • Great place to visit. Complete tour lasts for 45min, it is good to bring long sleeves.
  • An unique experience! Once in the caves it's like a whole different universe. It's windy and mysterious. Allegedly the caves were the secret living place of a group of people in captivity. You will discover rare species and rocks that have been there for centuries.
  • 22 kilometer long cave with lakes. very good restaurant close by

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